Sign In

Communications of the ACM

News


Latest News

An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


Computers Read the Fossil Record
From ACM News

Computers Read the Fossil Record

For a field whose raison d'être is to chronicle the deep past, palaeontology is remarkably forward-looking when it comes to organizing its data.

The Computer Chip That Never Forgets
From ACM News

The Computer Chip That Never Forgets

In 1945, mathematician John von Neumann wrote down a very simple recipe for a computer.

Making a Better Semiconductor
From ACM TechNews

Making a Better Semiconductor

Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a method for changing the electronic properties of materials that could lead to new, improved semiconductors...

ASU Professor Develops Artificial Intelligence Tools for Environmental Research
From ACM TechNews

ASU Professor Develops Artificial Intelligence Tools for Environmental Research

Artificial intelligence tools developed by researchers at Arizona State University could tell scientists and environmental planners everything they want to know...

Discovery Paves Way for New Kinds of Superconducting Electronics
From ACM TechNews

Discovery Paves Way for New Kinds of Superconducting Electronics

University of California, San Diego researchers have developed a new way to control the transport of electrical currents through high-temperature superconductors...

IU Researchers Participate in LinkedIn Project to Tackle Economic, Employment Challenges
From ACM TechNews

IU Researchers Participate in LinkedIn Project to Tackle Economic, Employment Challenges

The LinkedIn Economic Graph Challenge invites researchers, academics, and others to propose strategies for using LinkedIn data to address major economic problems...

MIT’s Bitcoin-Inspired 'Enigma' Lets Computers Mine Encrypted Data
From ACM Careers

MIT’s Bitcoin-Inspired 'Enigma' Lets Computers Mine Encrypted Data

The cryptography behind bitcoin solved a paradoxical problem: a currency with no regulator, that nonetheless can't be counterfeited.

Warrantless Phone Tapping, Email Spying Inching to Supreme Court Review
From ACM News

Warrantless Phone Tapping, Email Spying Inching to Supreme Court Review

In 2013, the Supreme Court rejected a challenge to a once-clandestine warrantless surveillance program that gobbles up Americans' electronic communications—a project...

Watson's Next Feat? Taking on Cancer
From ACM TechNews

Watson's Next Feat? Taking on Cancer

IBM's Watson supercomputer is being trained to find personalized cancer treatments. 

June Will End with a Rare 61-Second Minute
From ACM News

June Will End with a Rare 61-Second Minute

We'll need to wait for July just a shade longer, as the world's timekeepers have added a leap second June 30—to officially keep Earth and our precise, atomic clocks...

Watch: Black Hole Sim Whips Dark Matter Into a Frenzy
From ACM News

Watch: Black Hole Sim Whips Dark Matter Into a Frenzy

Dark matter is to astrophysicists what sex is to kids in junior high school: Everybody is really interested, but nobody really knows what it looks like.

When a Company Is Put Up for Sale, in Many Cases, Your Personal Data Is, Too
From ACM News

When a Company Is Put Up for Sale, in Many Cases, Your Personal Data Is, Too

The privacy policy for Hulu, a video-streaming service with about nine million subscribers, opens with a declaration that the company "respects your privacy."

UW Researchers Demonstrate System to Transmit Power Over Wi-Fi
From ACM TechNews

UW Researchers Demonstrate System to Transmit Power Over Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi can power connected devices using a new system developed by a team at the University of Washington.

Breakthrough in Graphene Production Could Trigger Revolution in Artificial Skin Development
From ACM TechNews

Breakthrough in Graphene Production Could Trigger Revolution in Artificial Skin Development

University of Exeter researchers say they have discovered a new way to produce graphene that is significantly less expensive, and easier, than previous methods. 

Widespread Backing for U.K. Robotics Network
From ACM TechNews

Widespread Backing for U.K. Robotics Network

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has launched the U.K. Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network to boost Britain's robotics research. 

Hospital ICUs Mine Big Data in Push for Better Outcomes
From ACM TechNews

Hospital ICUs Mine Big Data in Push for Better Outcomes

Some hospitals are using a big-data approach to mine intensive-care unit data to help providers and patients realize improved outcomes. 

What 24,000 Facebook Confession Posts Tell Us About College
From ACM TechNews

What 24,000 Facebook Confession Posts Tell Us About College

A Tufts University study analyzed about 24,000 Facebook posts on the Tufts Confessions page dating back to late 2013.

Automatic Bug Repair
From ACM News

Automatic Bug Repair

At the Association for Computing Machinery's Programming Language Design and Implementation conference this month, MIT researchers presented a new system that repairs...

A Computer's Heat Could Divulge Top Secrets
From ACM News

A Computer's Heat Could Divulge Top Secrets

The most secure computers in the world can't "Google" a thing—they are disconnected from the Internet and all other networks.
Sign In for Full Access
» Forgot Password? » Create an ACM Web Account